Common name: Madagascar Jasmine, Bridal Bouquet, Wax flower
Botanical name: Stephanotis floribunda Family: Asclepiadaceae (milkweed family)
Madagascar jasmine is an exotic climber suitable for a warm room or a pot
in a sunny window trained round a framework of canes. The
white, waxy blooms give off a rich sent that will spread throughout the house.
Also known as Bridal Wreath, it is the most well known of about 13 species of
the genus Stephanotis. Most representatives originate on Madagascar
but there are also species found in China, Japan the Malabar peninsula and
in Cuba. The Madagascar jasmine is widely cultivated for its lasting waxy
white flowers and intense fragrance. The scent is strongly reminiscent of the
true jasmine, Jasminum officinale, hence the common name. However, these
species are not at all related: The Stephanotis species belongs to the
milkweed family, Asclepiadaceae, while the Jasmines are members of the olive
family, Oleaceae. Leaves are glossy and dark green, and make a nice contrast
with the snow white flowers.
|Photographed in Imphal, Manipur|